Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
LEARN
Sun Plans' Favorite Resources
The following resources are some of Sun Plans' favorites. Contradictory information can cause confusion. This is not only true for energy-related information, but now the green layer is interwoven. On the following web sites, other energy professionals have already sorted through much of the research. This helps save time and energy!
Green Building Advisor
"Dedicated to providing the most useful, accurate and complete information about designing, building and remodeling energy-efficient, sustainable, and healthy homes."
Some of Sun Plans favorite energy professionals are the Green Building Advisor editors and advisors. Martin Holliday, the energy nerd, also wrote The Sun-Inspired House book review.
Zero Energy Ready Homes
The DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes programs is designed to help builders, architects, designers, and home buyers take meaningful steps towards radically reducing carbon emissions and energy bills by building net Zero Energy Ready Homes. The program encompasses energy savings, energy creation (photovoltaics), water savings and healthy indoor air. Sun Plans is a partner.
Building Science Corporation
Although very technical, Building Science Corporation's collection of articles under Homeowner Resources is a good place for those readers who love details about energy and moisture as they relate to building design and construction.
Energy Star
With almost 25% of the new homes built to Energy Star ratings, it really doesn't make sense not to build to Energy Star standards. They require a home to achieve an energy performance of at least 30% above 2009 (still used by many jurisdictions) energy codes which are minimum standards and requirements and 15% better than newer codes. Even if the official Energy Star rating is not achieved, it still is very practical to follow the guidelines and oversight of an Energy Star professional (HERS Rater or BPI Analyst) home energy rater.  Their fees are very affordable.
Construction Web Sites and Magazines
Sun Plans has worked closely with builders and has a strong admiration for their practical knowledge, and ability to suggest different ways of achieving energy goals. Articles in these journals routinely weave energy and green information into the numerous construction technologies as they explore the pros and cons of materials and methods. These two have both a print and online presence worth reading.
 
      
 
Sun Plans' favorite for those considering adding active solar energy (solar hot water or photovoltaic panels) to a passive solar home:
DIY, etc.
Want to know more about solar energy and how it works? Thinking about starting up a solar DIY project with active solar for an existing home or shop, but don't know where to begin? Solar Energy For Homes has an abundance of information to help while further teaching about solar energy.
Sun Plans Architectural Consulting Services
Don't have time to sort through the abundance of information? Still feeling confused or overwhelmed by one or more aspects related to passive solar? Sun Plans can help through Consulting Services. Although it is widely thought that architects primarily draw, one of the primary tasks is to research and assist home owners with the elements important to them in designing and constructing their own sun-inspired home.